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Forgotten Ferraris: Ferrari Mythos Coupe

Ferrari Mythos CoupeWelcome back to our series looking at some of the Ferraris you might not have heard of – and the models made of them by Looksmart! This week, it’s the Mythos Coupe.

A couple of weeks ago, we met the Ferrari Mythos – the Pininfarina-designed, Testarossa-based Barchetta show car. At the time, you’ll remember, we blogged about how the car was a one-off, with no roof to keep things as simple as possible.

Ferrari Mythos CoupeExcept it wasn’t quite a one-off – someone with an enormous amount of money decided he liked the car so much, he wanted one. Well, actually, he wanted two. Only they needed to have roofs. Have you guessed who it is yet? Yes, that’s right, it’s the Sultan of Brunei…

The Sultan’s pair of Ferrari Mythos coupes live in good company. The Royal Brunei car collection also includes eight McLaren F1’s, six Dauer Porsche 962 LM’s, the world’s only right-hand-drive Mercedes CLK-GTR, Porsche 959’s, three Cizeta V16GTs, six replica gullwing Mercedes 300SLs based on the modern AMG SL500, the Bentley Dominator, a one-off SUV with Range Rover technology and Ferrari 456-based four-door saloons and estate cars, plus three coach-built Aston Martins. Quite the packed garage…

Ferrari Mythos CoupePictures of the Sultan’s Mythos coupe are hard to come by. This was the only one we could find of the real car:

Ferrari Mythos CoupeLuckily, we’ve got the LookSmart model to show us how the Barchetta grew itself a little turret top to keep the middle eastern sun off its passengers in full detail!

Ferrari Mythos CoupehobbyDB will be featuring additional Looksmart models of Forgotten Ferraris over the next several weeks! Next week, we wrap things up with some fresh newer models.

Forgotten Ferraris: Four Famous Ferrari Firsts! 

Welcome back to our series looking at some of the Ferraris you might not have heard of – and the models made of them by Looksmart! This is the final installment, for now, a look at some more recent Ferraris that made it into model form in a hurry. Each of them was a “first” for the marque in some way or another.

This week, we’re going to take a look at four Ferraris that are definitely not forgotten – in fact, they’re brand new. But there are some facts about them – and their own individual firsts – that you may be less than familiar with!

The Ferrari F430 is the first Ferrari to feature the Manettino steering-wheel-mounted control knob. These little dials, mounted underneath the center of the steering wheel, are modeled on the controls found on Formula One steering wheels. They allow for fast and simple alteration of the electronic suspension settings, traction control, differential, and change the speed of the gearbox. Manettino means “little lever” in Italian.

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The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was the first Ferrari to come with an iPod holder as standard. That seems quaint today, but it was kind of a big detail at the time.

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The Ferrari 458 Italia is the first Ferrari that was not available with a manual gearbox. But the seven-speed, twin-clutch automatic unit it is equipped with is capable of changing gears with speeds impossible for any manual to match. The transmission can change gear in less than 50 milliseconds.

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The 2008 Ferrari California wasn’t the first Ferrari to carry that name, but it is the first front-engined Ferrari to be powered by a V8, the first with the seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, the first to have a folding metal roof, the first with multi-link rear suspension and the first to have direct petrol injection. Rumour has it that it’s the first Ferrari design to have started life with the intention being to sell it as a Maserati, only to have the makers be forced to badge it as a Ferrari as the only way to recoup its development costs – but that is just a rumor and has never been confirmed!

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We hope you enjoyed hobbyDB’s look at Looksmart’s 1/43 Ferrari models from the mildly rare to the one-of-a-kind.

Forgotten Ferraris: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Panamerican 20,000

Ferrari GTB Fiorano Panamerican 20,000Welcome back to our series looking at some of the Ferraris you might not have heard of – and the models made of them by Looksmart! This week, it’s the special edition 599 GTB Fiorano Panamerican 20,000

Popular opinion often has it that supercars are fragile beasts, unsuited to daily or rough driving. However, this myth has certainly been shattered several times over when you look at the long-haul, high-profile driving events Ferrari has put several of its cars through over the past few years –  including the Panamerican 20,000 in 2006.

Ferrari GTB Fiorano Panamerican 20,000

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On August 24 that year, a pair of Ferrari 599 GTB Fioranos set out from Brazil to New York, covering 20,000 miles of very varied terrain. With 50 international journalists taking their turns at the wheel, the 15-stage tour took 84 days to complete, with the cars finally arriving in New York on November 17th, 2006. The event followed 2005’s “Ferrari 15,000 Red Miles” tour of China by two 612 Scagliettis, and the world tour undertaken in 1997 by an F355 to mark Ferrari’s 50th anniversary, which took the car around the globe, starting and ending in New York: departing on March 18th, it arrived back there 75 days later.

The Panamerican 20,000 saw the two 599s driving the hair-raising clifftop roads of the Andes and the dirt tracks of Central America, covering a route that wended its way through areas of huge Pre-Columbian and Native American historical importance, stopping off at the beaches of Rio de Janeiro (home to many other Ferraris!) and Sao Paulo, before continuing on through the tropical rain forests of Curitiba. The cars then went on to the Argentinean pampas, the salt plains of Chile and Bolivia, the dirt roads that took them on to La Paz and Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest-altitude lake at 4,000 metres high.

Ferrari GTB Fiorano Panamerican 20,000
Driving on into the Inca territory of Peru, the cars crossed the sacred valley of Cuzco, the peaks of Macchu Picchu and the lines of Nazca. Coming back down to sea level, they drove on to Lima, through Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. A stop at the ruins of Palenque preceded a pass through Mexico City before the cars went on into the USA via Baja, California, home to the famous off-road races. After that, it was back to the freeways, as the Ferraris travelled from Los Angeles (another area of high Ferrari population!) to Houston via Monument Valley, then on to Miami (yet another place the 599s would have had plenty of prancing-horse-badged company!) and Washington. From there, it was a short(er) trip to Chicago, before a brief detour into Canada took them to Toronto, then back down to New York City.

Ferrari GTB Fiorano Panamerican 20,000The two Ferraris used were finished in red and blue with special “Panamerican 20,000” livery striping and a striking rendition of Rio’s world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue on the bonnets, likely the most unusual bonnet decor that has graced any Ferrari ever! The LookSmart offered a model of the blue car, complete with full and authentic decoration. If you want the red one, Fabbri made a nice model of that version.

Ferrari GTB Fiorano Panamerican 20,000

Forgotten Ferraris: Ferrari 599XX

Ferrari 599XXWelcome back to our series looking at some of the Ferraris you might not have heard of – and the models made of them by Looksmart! This week, it’s the 599XX.
We call series this blog “Forgotten Ferraris,” but that’s perhaps not quite the right phrase for this week’s entry – it’s less a case of it being forgotten and more a case of it being so ultra-rare that it might almost be mythical!

Ferrari 599XXThe Ferrari 599XX debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor show and is based on the 599 GTB Fiorano, with numerous (mind-blowing) tweaks and additions to give it even more power. The engine, the V12 out of the Enzo, has the combustion chambers and inlet and exhaust tracts extensively modified to boost the maximum RPM to 9000, at which the engine produces 690bhp. The motor is also lightened by a combination of design optimization and using advanced materials like the carbon-fiber used for the intake plenums.

The car’s mechanical and electronic systems have also been optimized to work together as perfectly as possible to maximize performance. Handling is also tweaked to perfection via a second-generation SCM system and for when the car’s on its intended home of the racetrack, the driver has a “virtual car engineer” screen on the dash that provides a real-time indication of its efficiency and performance.

Ferrari 599XXNumerous wind-tunnel sessions were employed to further cut down the 599’s already impressive drag coefficient, and the 599XX has 280kg of downforce at 200km/h. This is achieved partly by completely fairing in the underside of the car at the front and relocating the vents that channel hot air away from the engine to the bonnet.

It also features Ferrari’s ingenious “Actiflow” system to increase downforce and/or cut drag depending on the conditions. This employs a porous material in the diffuser under the rear bumper and two fans mounted in the boot which channel airflow from underneath the car and out through two grilles by the rear lights. The rear buttresses also get added winglets to boost downforce and synthetic jets are incorporated into the back of the car to smooth airflow and further reduce drag. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, the brake disks and wheel rims are partly covered by F1-derived “doughnuts” which improve aerodynamics AND brake cooling.

Needless to say, the materials used in the body are just as advanced as those used for the engine. Aluminum, carbon-fiber, and composites abound. Carbon-ceramics are also used for the brakes, with carbon-fiber brake pads allowing for smaller but no less efficient calipers and a lighter but equally efficient braking system overall. It also gets slick tires specifically designed to maximize cornering stability and increase acceleration.

Ferrari 599XXAll of which adds up to an unparalleled package – one which retailed at well over $1 million. And at that price, you can be sure that the 599XX won’t ever actually be forgotten – but it will always be mega-rare!

If you don’t have that kind of money, Looksmart’s version of the car has a worldwide flair with an American flag on the roof and distinctly Italian stripes on the boot and bonnet. Other diecast brands including BBR Models have offered a track version of the 599XX (aren’t they all really track cars though?). And Hot Wheels has you covered for a very reasonable price.

hobbyDB will be featuring additional Looksmart models of Forgotten Ferraris over the next several weeks! Next week, it’s the GTB Fiorano Panamerican 20,000.

Forgotten Ferraris: Nine Obscure Ferrari Diecast Concepts and Cars

Welcome back to our series looking at some of the Ferraris you might not have heard of – and the models made of them by Looksmart! This week, we look at nine of the Best Obscure Ferrari Diecast Concepts and Cars

Looksmart has covered an awful lot of unusual Ferraris, and they come from all eras of the marque’s long and distinguished history – from the very first cars to come out of Maranello in the 1940s, through the heydey of coach-built designs in the fifties and sixties to the very latest designs produced just a few years ago. So let’s take a quick break from our more in-depth pieces and count down ten of the most unusual Ferraris made by Looksmart, all in 1/43 scale.

Tipo_166B_Carozzeria_Allemano_1948The Tipo 166 was among the very first of Ferrari’s road cars, first appearing in 1948. Farina, Touring, Vignale, and Ghia were among the coachbuilders whose designs graced the car’s tubular chassis. This coupe, however, was bodied by Allemano.


342_America_Coupe_1952The 342 America arrived in 1952, at the point where Enzo Ferrari realized that he needed to exploit the US market with an easier-to-drive car with a bigger engine than that in the 212. The 342 was designed as a GT and just six were made between 1952 and 1953, three coupes, and three cabriolets, all bodied by Pininfarina except for one Vignale-bodied Cabriolet.


410_Superamerica_Telaio_0761_Dr_WaxDr. Enrico Wax was a prolific Ferrari customer – this 410 Superamerica was another car specially coach-built for him.


400_Superamerican_Coupe_1961The 400 Superamerica was designed to be larger and more luxurious than the company’s late-fifties sports cars and replaced the 410 model. Around 50 were made, with each being unique.


375MM_IngridThis 375MM Pininfarina Speciale Coupe was also known as the Bergman Coupe, as it was originally ordered by the director Roberto Rosselini for his wife, actress Ingrid Bergman. She never took delivery, however, and Pininfarina supposedly used the car’s design as a styling study for the 275GTB some ten years later.

Nembo_hardtop_3771CSCalifornian designer Tom Meade converted three 250GT SWB cars into Spyders, following a design by Neri & Bonacini. Dubbed the Nembo, the cars had their V12s equipped with six twin Webers and featured a removable hard-top only with no soft-top alternative. The Looksmart model depicts the car with the hard-top in place and is expected to be released shortly!

La_Rossa_by_PininfarinaThe Pininfarina Rossa show car was built in 2000, using the 5.5 liter V12 from the 550 Maranello.

575_GTZ_Zagato_CSThe 2006 Ferrari 575GTZ was built especially for Japanese car collector Yushiyuki Hayashi by Zagato in 2006. Styled in the classic tradition of 1950s and 1960s coach-built Ferraris, it has an all-aluminum body and two-tone paint.


The Ferrari SP1 appeared in 2008, the first one-off car produced by Ferrari’s Portfolio Program, providing bespoke cars for the super-wealthy. Designed by Fioravanti for Japanese businessman Junichiro Hiramatsu, the car was based on the F430.

hobbyDB will be featuring additional Looksmart models of Forgotten Ferraris over the next several weeks! Next week, the 599XX!